College Athletes Should Be Paid

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Collegiate athletes lay it all on the line when they compete. Just like their professional counterparts, they play the game with heart and soul. Why, then, are they not given monetary compensation in return for all the blood, sweat and tears they shed for their school? According to “Let’s start paying college athletes” by Joe Nocera of The New York Times, the 15 highest-paid NCAA football coaches made $53.4 million; meanwhile, the 13,877 Division I players made $0 In the article “College athletes ask court to reconsider part of ruling in NCAA pay case” Dan Levine is reporting that college athletes want to be paid. “College athletes asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to revisit part of a ruling in a high profile case brought by…show more content…
“On the television today the media overwhelms the United States with advertising of athletic competition. Every March, one cannot help but hear the results of the annual postseason college basketball tournament entitled “March Madness.” However, it was football that led to the increased popularity of college athletics. “March madness brings in as many as 50 million fans. Many of whom will watch the game on television, thanks to a lucrative contract that pays the college sports governing body about $700 million for broadcast rights in one year alone.” The NCAA recently signed a $10.8 billion TV contract. “Most head coaches pull in seven-figure salaries and NCAA executives get paid more than that. According to reports, more than a dozen NCAA employees collectively earn more than $6 million in salary a year. Emmert would not disclose his annual salary to “Frontline,” but he walked away from $900,000 a year as president at the University of Washington. His predecessor at the NCAA earned as much as $1.7 million a year.” The NCAA is now a business of signing billion-dollar contracts and paying everyone except the stars of the show. If the NCAA can find the money to pay coaches, executives, and chairmen seven-figure salaries annually then it should be easy to find money to play the players. They put their bodies on the line, and are often afflicted with career-ending injuries that hand them a one-way ticket out of sports forever.

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